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The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance

The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance

At the beginning of this century enormous progress had been made in genetics. The Human Genome Project finished sequencing human DNA. It seemed it was only a matter of time until we had all the answers to the secrets of life on this planet.

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ISBN 9781848313477
Barcode 9781848313477
Published 1 May 2012 by Icon Books Ltd
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
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ISBN-13 9781848313477
ISBN-10 1848313470
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 May 2012
International Publication Date 1 March 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category Popular Science
DNA
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Life Sciences: General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 572.865
Catalogue Code 258081

Description of this Book

At the beginning of this century enormous progress had been made in genetics. The Human Genome Project finished sequencing human DNA. It seemed it was only a matter of time until we had all the answers to the secrets of life on this planet. The cutting-edge of biology, however, is telling us that we still don't even know all of the questions. How is it that, despite each cell in your body carrying exactly the same DNA, you don't have teeth growing out of your eyeballs or toenails on your liver? How is it that identical twins share exactly the same DNA and yet can exhibit dramatic differences in the way that they live and grow? It turns out that cells read the genetic code in DNA more like a script to be interpreted than a mould that replicates the same result each time. This is epigenetics and it's the fastest-moving field in biology today. The Epigenetics Revolution traces the thrilling path this discipline has taken over the last twenty years. Biologist Nessa Carey deftly explains such diverse phenomena as how queen bees and ants control their colonies, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why some plants need a period of cold before they can flower, why we age, develop disease and become addicted to drugs, and much more. Most excitingly, Carey reveals the amazing possibilities for humankind that epigenetics offers for us all - and in the surprisingly near future.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A book that would have had Darwin swooning - anyone seriously interested in who we are and how we function should read this book' Guardian
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Nessa Carey has a PhD in virology from the University of Edinburgh and has worked in the biotech industry for nearly ten years.

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